Leadership Odessa

2022-2023 Leadership Dates

Retreat: Prude Ranch in Ft. Davis, TX
Saturday September 24 & Sunday September 25, 2022

Session 1: Government & Public Safety
Thursday, October 20, 2022 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 2: History & Culture
Thursday, November 17, 2022 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 3: Business & Industry
Thursday, December 15, 2022 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 4: Medical Services
Thursday, January 19, 2023 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 5:  Media & Education
Thursday, February 16, 2023 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 6:  John Maxwell
March 2023

Session 7: Social Services
Thursday, April 20, 2023 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 8: Graduation
Thursday, May 18, 2023 (6:30 PM)
Odessa Country Club

*Times may vary according to agendas*

Leadership Odessa always starts the day and ends the day at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, 700 N. Grant, Suite 200 in the Bank of America Building.

Leadership Odessa is formed on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact Lynn Van Amburgh at 432-333-7862 or email her at lynnva@odessachamber.com. 

Leadership Odessa is a program of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce that attracts a diverse group of businessmen and women. Each class is comprised of 40+ participants from a variety of sectors, including education, medical, small business, banking, industry, hospitality, and nonprofit.

The Leadership Odessa program is open to anyone who currently lives or works in Odessa, and whose organization is a Chamber Member. If you are new to Odessa, it’s the quickest way to get plugged into the community. If you’re familiar with Odessa, take this program to find out all the things you’ve been missing!

Who runs Leadership Odessa?

Although overseen by the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Odessa is essentially a participant-run program. The previous year’s graduates put their new leadership skills to work immediately, organizing into committees and facilitating the incoming class’s activities. This passing of the leadership torch has been working beautifully since the program’s founding in 1978.

What kind of commitment would I be making?

In order to graduate, participants must attend seven of the nine day-long sessions.

As explained above, each graduating class is responsible for facilitating the incoming class’s year of activities. Additionally, several Leadership Odessa graduates are peer-nominated to oversee the coming year’s one-month Junior Leadership program for high school juniors.

Many lifelong friendships (and even a few marriages) have resulted from Leadership Odessa.

2021-2022 Leadership Odessa Class


Dr. Rohith Saravanan

Casey Williams

Jeff Ashley - Ector County Appraisal District

Blas Campos – SouthWest Bank

Jason Cotton – Odessa Fire Rescue

Alexa Dunson – UT Permian Basin

Jim Dyal – Odessa Regional Medical Center

Jonathan Edwards - Permian Basin Metallurgical Laboratories

Bobby Florez – Frost Bank

Ruben Florez - Sparklight

Nicole Forbess – Complex Community Federal Credit Union

Cammie Laster – SouthWest Bank

Mandy Hinojos - ECISD

Sara Hinshaw - Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Elise Hutson – Sewell Family of Companies

Laura James – The James Firm

Michaela Johnson – Medical Center Health System

Brian Jones – Odessa College

Daniel Jones – City of Odessa

Lourdes Juarez – First Basin Credit Union

Erika Lay – Discover Odessa

Derek Matthes – United Supermarkets

Carlos Molinar - Sparklight

Heather Patton – Young Professionals of Odessa

Monica Quintero – Odessa Police Department

Gerardo Ramirez - ECISD

Ivette Ramirez – Ector County District Attorney’s Office

Reno Ramos – CVA Advertising & Marketing, Ltd.

Marissa Rossell – Sewell Family of Companies

Vicky Ruiz – City Bank

Chad Sandell – PrimeLending

Robert Turner – Odessa College Sewell Auto Technology

Kourtney West – Sewell Family of Companies

Dr. Kristin Whittenburg - ECISD

Kortney Williams – Ector County District Attorney’s Office